Sponsorship means so much to our family. This started out as "my" thing 17 years ago when I first became a sponsor. I have loved seeing it become "our" thing as the years go by. I am so thankful for Kevin's full support of this ministry.
Last night he was looking at the pictures of kids I was hoping would get sponsored as a result of my presentation. He picked one up and said, "If no one sponsors this one, we will." We already have oodles of kids....but he is supportive and often is the one who decides when we will sponsor another. When I left for Peru he gave me strict instructions to sponsor another child when I was there! There were others on the trip who were told by their husbands NOT to sponsor another child while they were there!
I am always thankful for each and every opportunity I get to speak on behalf of these children. I always have high hopes of connecting new sponsors with children in need.
If you haven't experienced sponsorship, would you prayerfully consider walking journey with me? I always have child packets on hand and am passionate about helping people enter the sponsorship relationship.
I said before that sponsorship means so much to our family. It has made us more globally aware. When other countries experience hardship, we experience it too. When you have a child you care for, love, pray for and financially support in one of these countries, their struggles and hardships become real to you. As this hurricane lashes the country of Haiti today, I cannot help but pray for Bildad, our LDP student in Haiti. As the volcano erupts in Indonesia, I cannot help but think about and pray for Nowanda.
God has used this ministry to open up our eyes to the world outside North America. My young girls know where Colombia and the Dominican Republic are...where Lian and Yoselin live. We learn about these countries and have real, live pen pals we can write to. We pray for them daily, and they pray for us.
One of the most significant things I will remember from my trip to Peru was praying with David's mother. Despite living in poverty and the struggles that entailed, she successfully raised her children to love, seek and follow God. When she asked me how she could pray for me, I asked her to pray that I too, would raise children who genuinely love, seek and follow God.
Compassion has become such an important part of who I am...who our family is. I am a wife, mother, daughter, violinist and Compassion sponsor/advocate.
I would love to hear about the children you sponsor...through Compassion or any other child sponsorship organization. Leave me a comment and tell me a little bit about them.